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Mar 30, 2009 09:12 AM

North Fork Table and Inn - so SALTY!!!!

We dined at North Fork Table last night, which was the first night of Hamptons Restaurant week and we were so excited and the menu looked great. Boy had an extra appetizer off of the regular menu, the foie gras and hamachi, excellent says he. the flavors did seem very tasty. That was the best part of the meal though. Off of the restaurant week menu, we had had the smoked salmon appetizer, so salty, so so salty and we like salty. We also had the cavatelli and veal ragout appetizer which was tasty but nothing special, also salty but not inedible. For entrees, we had the salmon over bok choy and mushrooms. the fish was tasty but the bok choy was SO salty it was actually inedible! Our other entreee was the hangar steak which was really good but everything on the plate was completely over salted again!!!
The dessert - panna cotta and blood orange sorbet - very good and upside down pineapple cobbler, also good but overly sugary and too too sweet. Overall, we were disappointed and are cancelling our wednesday evening reservation as a result :( Had things not been so oversalted the meal would have been good, I am not going to even comment on the service as it was the first night of rest week and dont want to knock the place that much since so many people love it. we are also considering cancelling next sundays rez also :( :(

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  1. it's a shame to hear that. i hope restaurant week menu is to blame for this, but that doesn't really make much sense. north fork table has been great and consistent for a couple years now. i hope it's not jumping the shark. hearing that the desserts were bad is almost too much for me to handle!!

    1. I haven't been in a few months, so I'm hoping it's just a HRW glitch... it's one of my favorite spots! I had a great HRW dinner at Legends in New Suffolk on Monday and was pleased that they weren't a victim of the RW curse; everything was so fresh and perfectly seasoned (the cod with agrodolce was a favorite at our table and I could've had several orders of the sea scallop appetizer). I would never judge a restaurant just by RW though.

      1. I too, had a memorably fantastic meal at North Fork Table and Inn. Maybe it WAS restaurant week, as other posters have suggested. Lest's hope so!

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        1. re: roxlet

          While the table was super rockstar when they first opened, it seems like the last couple of meals I've had there (since last fall) have not been up to the original standards. I'm finding that Jedediah Hawkins is the better choice

          1. re: pantalicious

            What, the new Jedediah? Haven't heard anything great yet. What is good that I don't know about?

        2. i would try it again. in my opinion, they never should have succumbed to restaurant week. it's no fun for anyone.

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          1. re: chowareyou

            salty, everything has garlic and shallots tossed in...who serves mackeral thats a week old???? this is the most overated food ever...the paella was two shrimp and a two ounce piece of monkfish tossed with rice that was taxi-cab yellow ???? has the chef ever seen real paella? The managers are great!!!! desserts are great. the table next to us were very unhappy with the food...they were customers at Amuse, a restaurant the owners use to work at, and told us this crazy story about the chef coming in high as a kite and starting fights with guests and employees. We now go out with this couple regularly and dine all over long island but will never return to the North Fork Table and Inn as it is overrated and a miserable experience...however I would go in just for dessert and a glass od port

            1. re: pink lady

              Apart from the issue of the color of the rice (last time I attempted paella, the saffron, indeed, turned the rice yellow!), has the NFT gone downhill? I ask because I am planning to dine there for the first time next week and am concerned about these comments....

              Has anyone had a very good meal here lately? Any recommendations on what to order signature dishes? Or should I actually consider cancelling the reservation??

              Many thanks!

              1. re: erica

                I did the tasting menu there about three weeks ago, and it was excellent. Service was also very good. I also went back and did some of the a la carte menu, and found it a bit more mixed (salads good, crudo excellent, desserts ok, for entrees don't order the chilled poached salmon. It definitely didn't work for me). Its still definitely one of the better in the area.

                1. re: erica

                  UPDATE: In my opinion, which is based only on the one meal I had last night, this is the best restaurant on the NF! Beet salad, BErkshire pork chop, and the chocolate caramel dessert--each course was terrific . I actually found the meat to be a tad undersalted! Perhaps the chef has been reading Chowhound!

                  A strong recommendation. Good wine list, too.

            2. Haven't been there yet...but planning to get there soon, and looking forward to it.
              The only bad thing is that I was looking to stay over night, and w/Holidays they require 3 night min. I'll have to see how i can get there?? when is there slow season??

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              1. re: wonka

                February and March? I think they close for the month of January.